July 3, 2020

Funding: Graduate Student Fellowship in Patient-oriented Research

Request for Applications

Patient-oriented research (POR) is a cornerstone of evidence-informed health care. Through POR, prioritized research objectives are determined in collaboration with patients and/or family caregivers (such as patient-partners) and geared towards clinical integration so as to deliver high-quality and cost-effective care. Building off of the strong momentum for POR in Canada, we are excited to launch the CHILD-BRIGHT Graduate Fellowship Award in Patient-oriented Research. This competition aims to enhance the training experience of graduate students working on pediatric brain-based developmental conditions by providing funding support that enriches current POR practices or augments the research project in a way that increases patient engagement activities. Applications are open to all graduate-level trainees who wish to develop or participate in a POR project focused on neurodevelopmental disabilities. Successful applicants will be conducting research which involves significant POR elements and aims to ultimately better translate biomedical research into clinical practice. For 2020-21 a total of $50,000 in funds is available, with the expectation that successful applicants can receive up to $10,000 for one year of support.


  • Applicant is a graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral level) or a Postdoctoral Fellow at a Canadian post-secondary institution, who is, or aims to be, involved in a patient-oriented research project.

  • The proposed research project addresses a specific pediatric brain-based developmental condition and is focused on engaging with patients and/or families as partners throughout the research process.

  • Trainee must currently have adequate funding to support an annual stipend (e.g. PI support, institutional awards, or Tri-Council Graduate Scholarships, etc.)


Application Deadline: July 17, 2020
Expected Notification of Results: August 17, 2020
Anticipated Funding Start Date: September 1, 2020
Anticipated Funding End Date: August 31, 2021